Hi there! I am Courtney Gledstone. I have a beautiful Labrador Retriever named Primrose and a Tuxedo cat named Sammy. The dog featured in this picture is Torra. She is Primrose's grandma out of Westham's Kennel. If you attend a clinic, retreat, or session you might get the chance to meet Primrose as she often travels and works with me.
I grew up learning to ride at a local riding school in Aldergrove. This was one of the most memorable experiences of my childhood. I learned to ride and also got to learn about chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, and sheep. I raised a duckling one summer when I was about 12 years old. This little duck followed me around the whole summer. I have work with and around horses for over 20 years now. I spent 2 of those years working at a large Equine Veterinary practice in Langley, BC called Paton Martin Veterinary Services. This was on of the most challenging and rewarding experiences. I worked as an veterinary assistant going on the road with my veterinarian. I also stayed at the hospital monitoring sick horses, and assisting in surgeries. I was putting my skills as a first aid instructor into practise everyday. I became a certified Equi-Health Canada Instructor in June 2017. My mission as an instructor is to improve the quality of care equines receive through educating owners and enthusiasts what to do in emergencies. I was Instructor of the Year in 2020.
The year 2020 was a challenging year. I started teaching the Equine First Aid classes Full-time but I was definitely seeking something more from life. I spent 2020 with my nose to the grind stone trying to figure it out. In January of 2021, I was looking for a space to teach some Canine First Aid classes out of and I found a space but also so much more. I found what I had been looking for a supportive space that helped people grow, heal and learn who they are.
I was seeking a different approach to life and working with horses. I have always felt a connection with horses. I am who I am because of them. I started my journey to heal myself with horses in January of 2021. I decided to continue the journey to heal but I committed to learning how to support people to walk through what is ready to heal. I started the Horse Guide Healing Facilitator Training on January 22, 2022. This was a 6 month program that dived deep into healing us and taught us how to help guide people of all ages and abilities through healing sessions with horses. I currently work with a herd of horses in Langley that is absolutely amazing. I would strongly recommend you check out the Horse Guided Healing page to see the Herd.
I look forward to connecting with you when you feel the call to contact me!